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Program Overview

Enhance your career: advancement, satisfaction and competence

The KU Department of Dietetics and Nutrition offers a master's degree in dietetics and nutrition with course work in the biochemical, clinical, and behavioral aspects of nutrition – from “bench to bedside to behavior.:

Advantages of a master's degree

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Advancement: Registered dietitians with a master's degree are often hired and promoted to management, research, and specialized clinical positions.

Research experience is more important than ever in today's health care fields. Registered dietitians are required to conduct outcomes research and utilize evidence-based practice to translate research findings to clinical practice.

Satisfaction: Participating in research and applying research findings to dietetics and nutrition practice are useful and valued skills.

Advanced knowledge of biochemical, pathological and physiological processes of disease builds a better understanding of disease prevention and treatment.

Competence: The role of the dietetics and nutrition professional is continually evolving. Individuals must ethically take responsibility for determining their own competency to provide a specific service.

Characteristics of professionals who seek advanced degrees are those who seek to acquire an expert knowledge base and develop complex decision-making skills for expanded practice.

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Advantages of a master's degree for professionals who are not registered dietitians

  • Professionals in fields such as exercise science, psychology, education, nursing, and journalism can enhance their careers by the addition of a master's degree in dietetics and nutrition.

  • A master's degree in dietetics and nutrition expands employment opportunities in governmental agencies and in research.

  • A master's degree in dietetics and nutrition from an academic medical center can be a step toward applying for medical school and enhance medical practice.

  • A master's degree in dietetics and nutrition  can be a step toward a doctoral program.

Why choose KU?

The master's degree in dietetics and nutrition program at the University of Kansas stands apart from others for many reasons, including the outstanding faculty and the flexible program design (12-15 credit hours of electives). This allows students to study full-time or part-time to meet individual career objectives. Many courses are offered in the evening or online to accommodate busy schedules. Thesis and non-thesis options are available.

Located in an urban academic health care center, KU provides students with opportunities not available at smaller universities or health care facilities. KU is a “good value” – high quality for reasonable cost – according to the U.S. New and World Report.

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Graduate assistantships

Graduate teaching assistantships and research assistantships are available through the KU Department of Dietetics and Nutrition for full-time students in the master's degree program. These are awarded on a competitive basis. The time commitments and wages vary semester between semesters.

Students should contact the department to apply for an assistantship.

KU's master's degree program in dietetics and nutrition does not provide eligibility for professional licensing for employment at this time. Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration will require a minimum of a master's degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

Last modified: Oct 13, 2020

This program begins three times each year, once each in fall, spring and summer semesters. Students may enroll full-time or part-time and many classes are available online.

Application deadlines:

  • Fall start: July 1
  • Spring start: Dec 1
  • Summer start: May 1

Learn about the program

Program Overview

Eligibility and Requirements

How to Apply

Tuition and Fees


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